Why was Blaine Girls Spring Basketball started?
Our goal was to provide a cost effective and competitive Spring basketball opportunity for players that live in the Blaine district. We love to see our Blaine players stay together in the off-season to continue to work on their basketball skills.
How is this different than AAU or other teams across the metro?
We play in a mix of AAU & MYAS tournaments. Our focus is on fundamentals, teamwork, and developing our youth on & off the court. We do not play in out of state tournaments. We aim to be competitive against other teams, and to push players to be their best. We also work hard to support multi-sport athletes.
Will you work with multi-sport athletes?
Yes! We believe kids should play multiple sports as long as they can. We’d love to have spring basketball be an option for players that still want to play in other sports. We strive to work with players' sports schedules to make practices work, but if players have to miss some practices because they are playing in other sports we are o.k. with that!
Why should I consider this for my daughter?
This program is an option for your daughter to continue her basketball season (beyond winter travel ball). We believe this program will be best suited for those with traveling basketball experience, and for those that want to continue to play traveling basketball and high school basketball.
Is this part of the youth program or part of the high school program?
This program is part of our High School Booster program. We will partner closely with the youth program to ensure they are aware of, and can support our teams and offerings. Our goal is to provide cost effective and competitive spring basketball options for players within the Blaine district – our youth program is a BIG part of that!
Who coaches the teams?
Our intention is to have all teams coached by our Girls High School coaching staff. For 2019, our two teams were coached by Jason Wirtz, High School JV Heach Coach. Coach Brustuen is involved with the program as our leader for Boosters and other coaches will get involved as the program expands. We also strive to bring in current and former players to help the coaches. Former players love to give back and do a great job connecting with our teams.
How and when will teams be formed each year?
For 2020, we intend to form youth teams in December 2019. HS teams will be formed after the high school season due to MSHSL rules. Date, time and location for skill & assessment nights will be shared later this Fall. Skill & assessment nights will be closed (only for players).
What about uniforms?
Affordability is something we strive for so we use existing youth traveling uniforms for youth teams and high school uniforms for high school teams. This helps keep costs low and ensures we are ready for April tournaments.
How long is the season and what does it cost?
We will offer (2) team options – FULL will be ~ 10 weeks with 5 tournaments and an estimated cost of $700. PARTIAL will be ~ 6 weeks with 3 tournaments and an estimated cost of $450.
Note: we MUST align on an option PER TEAM and schedules for other sports will be considered. It will be critical to share what weekends will NOT work for your player ASAP.
Where and when are practices held?
Practices are held at Blaine area facilities – e.g. National Sports Center, Northdale Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, and Blaine High School. Times may range from 5 pm-10 pm.
Where and when are tournaments played?
We sign our teams up for AAU or MYAS tournaments in the Twin Cities area. We do not play any out of state tournaments. Most spring tournaments are held in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Chaska and Chanhassen.
Where can I find out more information?
See our Spring Basketball page on our website.